"Bibliography of kites": p. 142-144
Robert B. Livingston
July 3, 2014
A practical book to make classic kites
There have been lots of very useful and practical books on kites since this one which came out in 1914-- but seldom have they added to what is presented here.
This book is very useful, and helped me build some of my first kites after I found it in a library some years ago.
Not all kites need to be carbon-fiber, fiberglass, tyvek, or Rogallo. This book tells how kites were once made in (mostly) the Western World.
January 16, 2010
A wonderful little book. 'Kitecraft and kite tournaments' is a 'must-have' download.
What a wonderful little book. When I was a kid, I built kites and model aeroplanes but nothing on such a grand scale as the biggest ones featured here. I'd wish I'd had this little book back then.
This little gem is full of practical examples and hands-on stuff about building kites of all shapes and sizes. The author, Charles M. Miller, a manual arts teacher, covers many aspects of kite building in a clear and concise way and it's full of pictures and diagrams showing various kite configurations. It even shows how to make simple model aeroplanes that use a taught-band wind-up propeller to propel them (I remember these well--always one to stretch things to the limit--I'd tighten the band so tight that it'd often break or the airframe would snap under the pressure). ;-)
Miller, when referring to self-propelled model aeroplanes even says "I can wind it up and turn it loose in a schoolroom" (p112). How subversive! Can you imagine the risk-averse, scaredy-cat killjoys allowing so much such fun in the schoolrooms of today? Of course not!
Reading this book today, one realizes how much fun stuff kids miss out on these days. I've always believed that even if you become a desk-bound theoretician, that early on in life, you still need to acquire practical skills; and that developing a real hands-on experience with the way the physical world works is essential to become an all-round balanced individual. Miller's book offers one of the best and certainly one most enjoyable ways of beginning that process.
All up, 'Kitecraft and kite tournaments' is a 'must-have' download.